Presidential Post-Doc, Hispanic Studies
I examine the intersections of gender, sexuality, and race in modern and contemporary Latin American, Latinx, and Iberian Studies. For example, in my dissertation I analyze how Afro-Indigenous and queer/trans characters in texts by Cuban writer Alfonso Hernández-Catá (1885-1940) subvert stigmatizing sex, gender, and racial biases and discourses in European and Latin American societies during the first third of the twentieth century.
Currently, my research focuses on the relation between Latin American/Latinx evangelicalism and the Christian Right, particularly as it relates to the advancement of queer and trans people. I explore these themes with students in both introductory and specialized courses, as well as topics about migration, ethnicity, social movements, human rights, and coalition building in the United States, Latin America, and the Caribbean throughout the 20th and 21st centuries.
I have been a Fellow at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago (UChicago), which awarded me a prize lectureship for a course that I designed and taught entitled, “Embodiment and Identity in the Literatures of the Hispanic Caribbean (20th and 21st Centuries).” In addition to courses in Latin American and Latinx Studies, I have taught research methods and academic writing for undergraduates, Spanish and Portuguese languages, and English as a second language. I have also served in a variety of diversity and inclusion initiatives and programs in higher education.
I earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and Latin American & Latinx Studies from Saint Peter’s University (Jersey City, NJ) and I am the first in my family to earn a master’s and doctoral degree (both at UChicago).